Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: February 1, 2010 (paperback)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Overall: 5 Stars
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.
Whenever someone's looking for a new book recommendation, I never hesitate to recommend The Iron King, the first novel in the Iron Fey trilogy. From the very first moment I read the plot description, I knew I had finally found a faerie novel that I would really enjoy... and I was so right. The Iron King is easily my most favourite faerie novel, and I have a feeling its going to stay that way for awhile.
Most faerie novels have very similar traits- the Summer and Winter courts with inspiration taken from A Midsummer Night's Dream- but Julie Kagawa puts a new spin on everything, creating her own type of mythology that you'll easily fall in love with.
Meghan Chase has never quite fit in at school, and after a horrible prank played by her longtime crush Scott, on her sixteenth birthday no less, she just wishes to never go back. But that night, Meghan discovers something frightening... her little brother Ethan has been replaced by a changeling and if she ever wishes to see him again, she's going to have to travel to the Nevernever. However, the Nevernever is a dangerous place and all too soon, Meghan discovers that she's not exactly as human as she always thought she was... and that she has just become a pawn in a deadly game of fae politics.
Kagawa creates a great cast of characters that you will come to adore. Meghan- brave and willing to do whatever it takes to help those she cares about; Robbie/Puck- the best friend who's always been there for Meghan; Ash- the ice prince who will melt your heart. And there's no way I can forget to mention Grimalkin, a talking cat who makes witty remarks when not offering some much needed help to Meghan.
With tons of action, excitement, and a dash of forbidden romance, The Iron King will surely become one of your favourite novels too.
Check out Julie Kagawa's website here or watch the book trailer below.